The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) report on sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools was published on 13 September 2016. The WEC report stated that the Government’s response to its report on sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools does not do enough to ensure schools tackle this serious problem.

The Committee’s report exposed the widespread nature of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools. It found an alarming inconsistency in how schools deal with sexual harassment and violence, a disregard for existing national and international equality law and obligations, and a lack of guidance and support for teachers to deal with these issues effectively.

The report made 14 recommendations in relation to a wide range of areas including Personal Social Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), cross-Government strategy, whole school approaches to tackling sexual harassment and sexual violence, teacher training and the monitoring and recording of incidents. There were specific recommendations for Ofsted around inspection and the training of inspectors.

You can read the report in full here.


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